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ABLE Training Programme

January 17, 2017

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Ag Eisteacht successfully delivers new training course.

January 12, 2017

Happy New Year everyone and let’s hope that 2017 will bring with it enriched and supportive relationships. The end of 2016 and the beginning of this year have been extremely busy for our team, as together we finalised details of our new training programme- ABLE. A-   Adopt a relational approach B-   Build & boundary L-   Listen […]

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Christmas Lunch

December 12, 2016

The Ag Eisteacht team had our annual Christmas event last Friday the 9th of December in the beautiful setting of Ballymaloe House.  We were treated to a gorgeous three course lunch, including the famous Ballymaloe desert trolley which was nothing short of epic! As part of the day we as a team created some festive […]

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Why listening is not a passive act!

December 7, 2016

The average person spends 30% of their life working. (Reference, 2016) As this is such a significant amount of one’s time, it is important that managers, leaders & employees themselves recognise the importance of being attuned to others in the workplace.  If you are a manager in a huge company you may be forgiven for thinking “being […]

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National Strategy for the CVC Sector

December 1, 2016

Last week members of the Ag Eisteacht team were delighted to receive an email from The Wheel which contained news of a very positive development for the community, voluntary and charity (CVC) sector.  The Minister for Housing, Community, Planning & Local Government Simon Coveney TD has signalled the beginning of a process to develop a national strategy for the […]

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The impact of violence on children & what you can do to help

November 24, 2016

From the 25th of November to the 10th of December, UN women are running a campaign entitled ’16 days of Activism against Gender Based violence’.  (UN Women, 2016) “Domestic and/or sexual violence is the threat or use of physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse in close adult relationships.” (Tusla.ie, 2016) As domestic and/or sexual violence is one of […]

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Young Knocknaheeny Inaugural Conference Nov 2016

November 11, 2016

Implementation Deficit Disorder or A Transitioning Landscape? Ireland’s Family and Childcare Support System There was a stellar line up of researchers, policy makers and practitioners at the packed to capacity Young Knocknaheeny Inaugural Conference on Monday in Cork City Hall. Presentations were delivered, ideas discussed, frustrations vented and hopes shared for an improved, co-ordinated delivery […]

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Ag Eisteacht Autumn/ Winter Homeless Initiative Training

November 11, 2016

Yesterday the 18th of October marked our final training day in Waterford with members of the Focus Ireland team, as part of our 2016-2017 Homeless Initiative which is part-funded by the Energy for Generations fund. We have trained over 220 front line staff over the last three years as part of this programme and feedback […]

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Enable Conference

October 27, 2016

Challenge to Opportunity Enable Ireland Annual Conference We were delighted to exhibit at the wonderful ” Challenge to Opportunity” Enable Conference yesterday with more than 260 people in attendance. Throughout the day we met so many interesting people. Maeve and Cliodhna hosted two workshops in the afternoon which were both full with engaging and experienced participants […]

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Mental Health Week

October 10, 2016

Today, October 10th is World Mental Health Day which marks the beginning of Mental Health Week. “The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October every year as an opportunity to raise “awareness of mental health issues around the world” (Seechange.ie, 2016) The theme for this year’s WMHD is ‘psychological first […]

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Managing Anger workshop

October 10, 2016

4 members of the Ag Eisteacht team enjoyed a stimulating and insightful two day workshop delivered by Dr. Fergus Heffernan. The title of this workshop was Managing Anger. Our CEO Maeve shared her thoughts about the workshop: “We were informed about brain science and our response to anger .Theidea that anxiety underlies a lot of […]

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3 Day Relational Training Ag Eisteacht- My Experience.

October 3, 2016

Having worked for six months with Ag Eisteacht I had some insight into what to expect from the 3 Day Relational Training offered by Ag Eisteacht.  However, my expectations were surpassed. From the beginning of the first day I was struck by the variety of backgrounds of the participants and the wealth of knowledge and experience […]

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Welcome to the team Andrea!

September 22, 2016

Following Andrea’s completion of her placement in Ag Eisteacht as part of her Masters we are delighted to formally welcome her to the Ag Eisteacht team as our new Marketing Executive. Andrea is currently in the midst of undertaking our 3 day relational well-being training. As a Social Science graduate with knowledge of the pressures […]

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Upcoming Autumn Courses close to fully booked!

September 12, 2016

We’re delighted to announce that our upcoming Brief Encounters training in Cork is completely sold out.  We have one remaining place for our Dublin course which begins on the 20th of September. Click here to avail of this place. We look forward to welcoming all our Cork participants tomorrow the 13th of September! We trust […]

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Preparing for Life Results

September 8, 2016

The PFL Preparing for Life longitudinal study releases exciting positive results at UCD conference. We attended the PFL Conference at UCD’s Sutherland School of Law where the significant results of the ten year Preparing for Life Study were presented. The study designed, implemented and evaluated an early intervention programme, to combat the problem that more than […]

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Paternity Leave

August 31, 2016

From tomorrow, the 1st of September, every employer in Ireland must offer new dads two weeks’ paternity leave following the birth or adoption of a child. This is hugely momentous for all families, particularly first time parents in light of the transition from partners to parents. Paternity leave is significant in terms of new parents […]

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Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People – National bulletin

August 29, 2016

We’re delighted to be featured in the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People’s National Bulletin this month. This service envisages one clear pathway to services for children with disabilities, according to need. Click here to read more.  (Our piece starts at the bottom of page 2!)   

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The Leaving Certificate is a roller coaster ride

August 18, 2016

The leaving cert is a roller coaster ride for families. Brendan Mills whose daughter did the leaving cert this year and is our lead trainer on the Homeless Initiative Brief Encounters jotted down some of his thoughts on the experience. If you have a child who has just completed the leaving cert then you are […]

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UCC Adult Continuing Education

August 15, 2016

We are delighted to be teaming up with the UCC Adult Continuing Education programme to offer an informative and interactive short course ‘Inter-parental conflict: Why, when, how to manage’. If you want to learn more about the causes of parental conflict and its effect on children then this course is perfect for you. The content […]

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Upcoming Autumn Courses

July 28, 2016

Coming up in autumn 2016 We have had great interest in our Brief encounters courses from a range of workers in front line practice, particularly in health, social, and community sectors. Feedback highlights that people value the brief intervention model and skills they acquire as well as the opportunities to reflect on practice and their role. Our open […]

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